Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

USA soldier killed in Afghan insider attack identified

USA soldier killed in Afghan insider attack identified

The so-called "green-on-blue" attack is the latest in a line of incidents where Afghan soldiers have turned their weapons on global forces they are working with.

NATO's statement did not elaborate on the exact circumstances of the attack, but said it was under investigation. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan officials could not immediately verify that information, according to the news agency.

A US military service member was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

The so-called "green-on-blue" attack is the latest in a series of incidents in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on worldwide troops with whom they are working. In that incident, a Romanian NATO soldier was injured.

A local police officer told AFP that the shooting happened at the airport in Tarinkot, the capital of Uruzgan province.

Pompeo said USA strategy for Afghanistan "is indeed working", but the next steps must be taken by the Afghan government.

The U.S. soldiers have not been identified.

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The incident marks the first combat fatality for the US military in Afghanistan since April 30, and the third there this year.

The Pentagon said Maciel was part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, which conducts counterterrorism missions targeting terrorist groups like al Qaeda and the local ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan and also focuses on building up local Afghan forces.

The death on Saturday is the third of an American service member in Afghanistan this year, adding to more than 2,200 USA troops killed and 20,000 wounded there since the invasion in 2001.

The last insider attack occurred in August 2017, CNN reported.

The latest incident comes as Lieutenant General Scott Miller is set to become the next commander of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan.

The last insider attack that resulted in a United States casualty occurred in June a year ago.

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